I am a Christian and a political conservative. As a Christian, I identify as an Evangelical. Currently, Evangelicals and I are taking some time off. We still love each other deeply and hope you will give us privacy during this painful time. One of us, I won’t say who, prefers to see God “Make America Humble Again.”
Nonsense. Let’s tell the truth. COVID-19 tests our nation like never before. Have you noticed that each crisis in U.S. history brings a face to mind?
|The Great Depression:||FDR|
|Cuban Missile Crisis:||JFK|
All of these events and leaders came at critical seasons in our nation’s history, times of sobriety that could be described as “Make America Humble Again.” We do not look to committees in times of need; we look to leaders. But great leaders sometimes come with great flaws. God tolerates great flaws in such men. Even while enduring profound shortcomings, God favors leaders who share one distinct trait.
In the Bible, David demonstrates the heart of a flawed leader. Though he is God’s anointed, he has a baby with the wife of Uriah. Caught in adultery, David orchestrates his friend’s death and takes the man’s wife as his own. When confronted, King David humbles himself and repents, recording his brokenness in Psalm 51.
King Nebuchadnezzar is not of God’s people, but God uses Him nonetheless. We read in Daniel 4 that the King of Babylon is proud and boastful until God strikes him with insanity. Nebuchadnezzar wanders the fields as a madman, eating grass like cattle. In His mercy, God restores the king and his kingdom. The king proclaims, “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride.”
Do we see a pattern?
In Acts 12, Herod Agrippa receives emissaries from Tyre and Sidon. Herod puts on his royal robes and addresses the crowd as he sits on his throne. Herod’s heart swells as the people exclaim, “It is the voice of a god, not of a man!” In verse 23, we read, “Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.”
What do we do with our leaders, their self-tweeted untruths, childish vendettas, and unchecked narcissism? We pray for those in authority, as commanded in I Timothy 2. We speak respectfully, and give them credit where it’s due, but we call sin, “sin.” As voters, we demand public-service rather than self-service. Making excuses for bad behavior, calling evil, good, or accepting evil because it promotes a greater good is a miserable witness to God’s righteousness.
Still, some Evangelical leaders go further, declaring their preferred politicians guiltless in everything they do, as “God’s Chosen.” In doing so, they say, “The voice of a god, not of a man.” Nathan, the prophet, stood resolutely in King David’s path and called out the king’s sin. God is not mocked; COVID-19 might only be a beginning. We need to lay down our party affiliations and tell the truth, lest God humbles us further.
A Christian discerns right and wrong by the scriptures, not by labels like “Republican” or “Democrat.” God tolerates pride for a season, but David and Nebuchadnezzar would tell you that great leadership requires a time of great reckoning. James 4:10 says, “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” The alternative? Ask Herod. We need to Make America Humble Again. If you agree, please share.
What do you think? Is America set up for a fall?